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Grateful Dead Live at Selland Arena on 1974-07-19

d1t01 - Jam

Set 1:
d1t02 - Bertha
d1t03 - Mexicali Blues
d1t04 - Deal
d1t05 - Beat It On Down The Line
d1t06 - Row Jimmy
d1t07 - Me And Bobby McGee
d1t08 - Scarlet Begonias
d1t09 - El Paso
d1t10 - Tennessee Jed
d2t01 - Playing In The Band

Set 1.5:
d2t02 - Seastones

Set 2:
d2t03 - Brown Eyed Women
d2t04 - Me And My Uncle
d2t05 - It Must Have Been The Roses
d2t06 - Jack Straw
d3t01 - He's Gone ->
d3t02 - U.S. Blues
d3t03 - Weather Report Suite ->
d3t04 - Let It Grow ->
d3t05 - Spanish Jam ->
d3t06 - Eyes Of The World ->
d3t07 - China Doll
d3t08 - One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Selland Arena
Location Fresno, CA

Source SBD -> Master Reel (7 inch Master Reels @ 7.5ips 1/2trk) -> Cassette (Tascam 122mkIII) -> Dat (Panasonic SV3800/44.1k)
Lineage Dat -> Sound Forge 4.0 -> SHN (Jamie Lutch June 2001)
Taped by DAT from Rob Eaton
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
AUD>Cm>Cass>Cass>Dat>CD supplies patches in Row Jimmy and Playing In
The Band. It also supplies all of Seastones and One More Saturday Night

-- Seamless transition between Discs 1 and 2
-- This copy does not have the NR that other patched copies have
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for supplying the source Dat


Reviewer: Skipknot! - - August 29, 2014
Subject: The Wall of Sound
I would have loved to have heard what the Dead sounded sounded like on a good night during this time. Financially the band was destitute, but the shows had never sounded better. I can't imagine being part of the crew setting up night after night, city after city. It must have hurt. Five stars for the crew's efforts.
Reviewer: JoeShoe - - July 19, 2014
Subject: Forty years done come and gone my oh my!
This is a typical show of the period...which means totally fucking awesome! The boys were really on a roll in Summer '74. Some of my all time favorites come from this period. Love the unique jazzy jams and that Wall of Sound mix.
This one has showcase versions of Playin' and Scarlet, some of the finest versions of these tunes come from this period.
The real reason to pick this show over others with similar setlists, is the unique one-time-only transition between Spanish Jam and Eyes. Bobby playing loose and lively with Keith pounding away on the electric piano, I love that funky sound he gets!, Billy snapping away on the snare and Jerry just nailing it to the wall as he was so apt to do in the mid-70s. A transcendent moment that deserves it's place in the Hallowed Hall of Immortal Grateful Dead Jams.

The only reason this show doesn't get five stars is due to such stiff competition during the 72-74 era.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - July 23, 2013
Subject: --
A real oddball for '74; I can understand those with some reservations about it, even though this thing is ultimately pretty amazing; some caveats and highlights abound:

Set 1 - that "soundcheck jam" really isn't anything to get hot and bothered over - a one-time listen might be fun, but it's just kind of a lazy bluesy shuffle that doesn't go anywhere or do anything. Seems that they should have done it more, as when Bertha swings into gear they've clearly not got the overall mix right; this one of those where Billy's drum overpowers every single other instrument; I'd try instead starting this set from Mexicali, if those things bother you...

SCARLET. Listen to that first solo from Jer and tell me this thing isn't cut from hot, grade-A cloth - yowwww, that's cool stuff. Playin', as usual, runs the gamut of water-psychedelic etherealness; Seastones, if you have the patience and concentration for this kind of avant-garde, rewards...

Set 2 comes off rickety, sloppy, worn, but within that shakiness there is some excellent music. He's Gone > US Blues is a prime example of them not really having it completely together but still managing to soldier on; it's the devastating power of Bobby's Weather Report melted down into a Spanish Jam that get me giddy. Listen to the opening of the WRS - man, how I wish they kept the entire suite intact in later years. The Eyes > China Doll rounds out the set beautifully, again with a bit of shakiness on the lyrics, but it survives - let the "bad" of this show illustrate more clearly the "good".
Reviewer: gr8fuldad73 - - June 4, 2013
Subject: one of the best of best of 74'
This my friends is a killer show.easily my top 3 for 74'.absolutely perfect first set.Set 2 is the honey jerry is smokin.phil is on.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - - December 25, 2011
Subject: Magic, despite Brown-Eyed Women
Had Captain One-Star below listened past the offending Brown Eyed Women, he would have heard the WRS through to Eyes, some of the most magical music the Dead ever created.

PS. the BEW isn't even that bad...
Reviewer: eyeballjackson - - December 1, 2011
Subject: patchwork of aud fills makes for a unique "seastones" document
Phil is uncharacteristically dominant in his performance with Ned. They leave each other a great amount of improvisational space (i.e. silence) and as a result, there is a great deal of audible crowd banter, creating a rare atmospheric snapshot. Like, did anyone used to have that "environments" LP where side 2 was a "love-in"? This is a little like that, except that it records a 1974 audience's realtime reaction to some sounds that were state-of-the-art avant garde both in terms of technology and ambition. They sound pretty freaked out! And not without reason. This is a pretty bendy, jelly-like excursion with a lot of ring modulation distortion. Far out!
Reviewer: smokingcratersofthemind - - August 4, 2011
Subject: The Grateful Dead, epitomizing radiance
The Grateful Dead are the epitome of radiance as the light of their music floods my soul and I feel the rhythms produce a joyous light within me that fills through the sound
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - June 4, 2011
Subject: I Almost Went
I almost attended this show. Yep, I knew the GD were playing there and so did friends. We read the announcement in the Pink Section of the SF Chronicle, and Knowing my mercurial nature they suggested a road trip from the East Bay to Fresno. I almost took 'em up for it.

Alas, I crapped out because I had to work. My friends upbraided me, they said, "Work? Who's got time for work?" They didn't go, either.

You have perhaps read numerous ravening comments in GD lore concerning this show?

Lemme tell ya, they are all true. And this particular version is exceptionally representative.

Here explendent in all their verdant glory: Lots of classic early versions of early 70's originals.

Should note that the way this concert version features a mixture of Soundboard recordings and Audience recordings -- the two do truly meld uncannily. The transitions are so gentle to the ear that if exfolliates an entirely new aspect of the band essentially exhibiting the nature of the band recorded functionally echoed by two disparate sources. ANAMOLOUS CONVERGENCE !!

PITB is absolutely perfect in tone and intent.

Maybe the best, nee,' cohesive, "Phil & Ned" Feedback Symphony ever.

The entire second set is a dream.

Have to give this show a 10 out of 5 stars.

Nun The Less.

(p.s. it's still gonna be a five star rating)
Reviewer: splue - - May 30, 2011
Subject: splue--
long on loox
short on reeviews
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - January 26, 2011
Subject: one of the best
i say to the 1-star reviewer, you need to get you're hearing checked, and also, last time i checked, one song doesn't make or break a show. but to each his own i guess...

so, not to be too redundant here, but there is very little negative to say about this spectacular show. almost everything is wonderfully played. its the second set jam, WRS>Spanish>Eyes>China, that gets my vote for one of the best Dead jams ever.

also, the Scarlet is easily the best of the year and Playin' is really don't have a '74 collection w/o this...
Reviewer: omnihead - - August 18, 2010
Subject: uh...damn
Wow. This show is famouus for 2 reasons: (1) the WRS > Let it Grow > Spanish Jam > Eyes (2) The superb mix. However, I just discovered the 30 minute Playin and I must say that it rivals even 6/16/74. I've always had this show on CD and it never got much play...until one late night I decided to listen to this Charlie Miller source with headphones on. All I can say is HOLY SHIT. The SBD I've had for years of this show- the sound quality is wonderful- but THIS source is magical. I've also been more of a 72' and 77' guy. The 74' sound has always sounded sterile and thin to me. The way the Wall of Sound seperated/isolated each instrument and vocals has never been to aesthetically pleasing to my ears. ALL of that changed once I listened to this source. Furthermore, nearly every song in the first set, along with Roses and He's Gone, has a truly unique feel to it that sets it apart from other 74' shows...or ANY shows for that matter. If you already dig the 74' stuff and have not listened to this show yet- or recently- DO SO NOW!

And oh yeah- try it with headphones on...the big ear muff headphones...not those slim, jogging, ear plug head phones. Put it on WRS and PREPARE TO BE AMAZED. UH...DAMN, indeed! Peace, Seth Stine
Reviewer: BIG_R - - July 23, 2010
Subject: 7-19-74
Jaw dropping performance. Excellent sound too!!!!!! I can't believe someone gave this 1 star.
Reviewer: Deadheadable - - July 20, 2010
Subject: Fresno
Just to good to be true hearing this!! without a doubt the band was smoking and Jerry sounds like I want to remember him. Love the piano...shit the whole kit and kabudle! I'm 55 and this was my era! Thank you so much!!
Reviewer: just a mile to go - - July 20, 2010
Subject: rest in peace
happy birthday Keith Godchaux.
Reviewer: East Coast Dave in WA - - July 19, 2010
Subject: Great Playin' In The Band
For starters, I'll say that aside from shows I personally attended ('86-93) and Kezar Stadium and Golden Gate 1975, I rarely stray from my favorite Dead years, which are 69-72. I won't argue the merits of why (notice I didn't say "best", I just said "my favorite"). During the post-1972 Keith and Donna years, my favorite parts of the shows were the space jams. The Playin' and Let it Grow>Spanish Jam>Eyes during this concert are great examples of why I liked this aspect of their sound best during these years. If you love '74 or '77 best, then by all means enjoy the great sounding shows from those years on the archive. Let's all be glad that there's a website that we can access that has shows for every dead-head's tastes on it.
Reviewer: limeydeadhead - - May 27, 2010
Subject: Fab Stereo imaging
Roses..can't say anything good enough. won't mean a thing. Agree about playin and he's gone
Big up C.M once again. How do you do it?

R.I.P Jerr...
Reviewer: mid-maine - - January 28, 2010
Subject: He's Gone
Great, great version of this song, one of my all time favorites. In fact, far more than the Europe '72 mix, this one fairly early on erased the aforementioned version to become the He's Gone archetype for me.

Today, I'll dedicate it to both Zinn and Salinger. Thanks . . .
Reviewer: Whitelynx - - January 28, 2010
Subject: Great gosh...
I've already commented elsewhere but I have to say it again: this is the most amazing playing by Jerry I've heard, this is as good as it gets... probably the greatest rendition of Jack Straw ever, and possibly Jerry at his greatest ever as well...

I don't like the mix and the other band members appear to be dumbfounded (just like me) by what Jerry is doing - still this is magic.... from the soundcheck jam to OMSN it's just amazing.

Someone mentioned the distortion (fuzz?) jerry is using: it is indeed amazing but it's not the first time we hear him using a fuzz-pedal... my memory is fuzzy ("one big smoky haze") but I remember an amazing China Doll where he uses the fuzz pedal... about 45 days prior to this show. From that show on he keeps "experimenting" with the fuzz-pedal, although this show is where it really shines... (check out the second part of Begonias to get an idea what I'm talking about)
Reviewer: jahknee - - November 28, 2009
Subject: THis show rocks!!! And an extra jam at the begining? OMG!
IMHO '74 was IT!! This show is just one of many examples why...I used to wait up with a maxell xlii 90 on the night the deadhour was broadcast from Boston, and the night David Gans played this I was FREAKING OUT! The sound of the WRS post jam into Spanish Jam(spinach jam, anyone?) was and still knocking my precious brain around to places I still can't get without listening to dead...Hearing Jerry get off using a new distortion pedal in his hitherto clean amp-driven sound is ridiculously crazy...And 5 stars!! to offset the downer review from the anti-74 human...everybody loves what they love, just let it be if you don't agree, ok? there's enough negativity on this planet already, without fighting over what year the dead were best...THERE NEVER WILL BE! P.S. Charlie Miller is doing work beyond the call of duty...we should be paying this guy a goverment grant for all the archival work he's done! On behalf of deadheads everywhere, "THANK YOU FOR A 'REEL' GOOD TIME!!!"
Reviewer: DianaW - - October 9, 2009
Subject: this show
A surpassingly lovely show.
Reviewer: dem219 - - September 21, 2009
Subject: An underated show
First off, thanks for the beautiful recording.

I keep coming back to this show. The set list and mood are different than most of my favorite shows, but there is something special about it.

Jack Straw through eyes just kills. Its probably my favorite wrs/let it grow ever.

Oh, and this is definitely a seriously heavy and awesome Phil show.
Reviewer: Tidewater four ten O nine - - July 20, 2009
Subject: Five stars .........
Five stars to try and balance out the stupid review dated 9th June 2009.
Reviewer: agnt1831 - - June 9, 2009
Subject: sux ass
brown eyed women sucked big ass... thats all it took for me to hate this show... ill take 1977 any day
Reviewer: rocket1air - - May 29, 2009
Subject: Fresno!
I work in Fresno and would love to get this on CD. Would someone be willing to do a B&P for this one? Let me know, thanks.
Reviewer: Corman3769 - - May 29, 2009
Subject: A Fine Show
Quality of both sets are great and the tunes will not let you down.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - - March 14, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" July 19, 1974 at the Selland Arena, Fresno, CA, U.S.A.


Thank you Charlie. You keep delivering solid shows that are mixed, recorded and performed with exceptional quality. You make it look easy, how do you do it?

For the best in GRATEFUL DEAD shows I recommend clicking on Charlie Miller's name and collecting all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, he has impeccable taste.

For easy streaming and downloading users of Windows XP should be viewing this page with RealPlayer.

I recommend adding this show to your 1974 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

"One More Saturday Night" is an audience quality recording.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the Love.

PS: Finding the best GRATEFUL DEAD Show is like mining for gold...when you find a great show, you get the fever, and keep looking for more...there is a system to use, start at the begining and use a spreadsheet to keep track of the year, month and day. That'll keep you organized.

It's a long journey that starts with the first step. A journey that should be traveled on your own. You should not be deprived the magnificent musical scenery from 1966 to 1974 and beyond. It is spectacular and breathtaking.

Some people are like me and say that the BEST GRATEFUL DEAD shows were with Pigpen, and they were,; it's a fact. April 71 at the Fillmore East and West contain some of the most incredible live perfomances ever recorded.

The "sound" of the GRATEFUL DEAD changed dramatically after 1971, some liked it, some didn't and others didn't care.

But GRATEFUL DEAD shows are like beautiful days. There are many of them and then there are days with glorious sunrises and sunsets. Those shows are best discovered.

The joy of finding a show you like is intangible and belongs in that realm. Only you can decide for yourself which shows you like and why. 1974 is filled with many wonderful shows, so listen to them all and then decide.

They are out there, like Gold Nuggets waiting to be plucked from the quartz. Go Mining brothers and and yee shall find...Thar's Gold in them thar archives!!!! Stake your Claim!
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - March 9, 2009
Subject: 100 points club!
Another brilliant Eaton/Miller collaboration; the sound/mix are near perfection, capped off by an extraordinary edgy and jazzy masterpiece of a show!

The dynamite Scarlet and the jazzed out Playin' are candidates for best ever preformances, and the second-set jam is phenomenal. This is easily among the very best of 1974. (100 pts)
Reviewer: average_joe - - September 8, 2008
Subject: Grate, Grate Show.....
This is a hot show in a year full of hot shows. Check out the jam on the Weather Report Suite>Let It Grow>Eyes Of The World if you have any doubts. Dig it.

It's my opinion that Jerry's chops were at their best in '74. It seemed like he was able to play anything at any time, with an unending supply of original ideas.

I have read many reviews of this show, and I really, really want to know, if this isn't a five star show, then what is? Because if you're listening to shows that are as good or better than this one, please, please let me know what show it is. It must be pretty stellar and I would like to hear them for myself.

Do Everything in Love. Peace.
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